Thursday, April 7, 2016

The British Invastion- UK Student Exchange at AV

Signed gifts from our UK guests- UK  chaperones- AV and UK students collaborating on work in Plumbing and Health Tech.

On Friday, March 26th Fifty students from Rugby, England in the United Kingdom took part in the first ever Student Exchange Day here at Assabet Valley. Those fifty students were individually teamed up with fifty of our juniors and seniors and spent the day doing lessons in both academic classrooms and  technical  programs.

The entire day was a great success for everyone. After the UK students arrived in the morning they watched our AV school video and were greeted by Principal Hollick and met their AV student ambassadors. After a little “get to know  you” discussion they were on their way to a day full of lessons which ended in PE class for a final period of collaborative and competitive games. “I am so glad I got to to be a part of the visitation day with the UK students. I quickly became friends with everyone I met that day. One of my favorite parts of the day was taking them around to see the shops and watching their faces light up with curiosity and excitement when they walked into the shops. This was definitely an experience I will never forget” said Health Tech senior Gabi Da Costa.

This was also a complete team effort on a part of the whole Assabet Valley staff for organizing the day. Mr. McCann oversaw the day with help from Mrs. Stuart who made contact with the group from the UK and took photos all day. Mrs. Julian and Mrs. Lewis in Guidance chose the Assabet student Ambassadors. Students did an amazing job being welcoming and showing the UK students around the school. Both academic and technical teachers included UK students as part of their lessons and administrators met with and toured the building with UK teachers and chaperones. Mr. McCann stated that he “was so impressed with the way our students and staff interacted to our guests from the UK. I have gotten nothing from positive feedback from this tremendous learning experience for both our kids and theirs.”

The teacher-chaperones  from the UK were truly impressed with the warm reception they were given by all Assabet staff and were completely amazed by our programs we run here. They were able to see all our technical programs and many of our academic classrooms. Students from the UK were able to do specific lessons in CPWD, Plumbing, Automated Manufacturing, Culinary Arts, Business Tech, and  Drafting. Students from Design Visual filmed the experience for our students throughout the day and will have a video put up on  our website later this week.